[LON-CAPA-users] Loncapa and pocket pc

Gerd Kortemeyer lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Thu, 18 Mar 2004 14:12:37 -0500

Hi All,

I worked with LON-CAPA on PocketPC, namely Dell Axim, and wireless 
connection. The Dell does not have wireless built in, so you need to 
purchase a separate 801.11b card that plugs into the top - total cost 
per system is between 350 and 400 dollars. Any access point that 
supports 801.11b will do, that's about 80 dollars or so per classroom.

The PocketPC itself is pretty much a piece of garbage due to its 
so-called operating system, and the version of Internet Explorer that 
comes with it is utterly dysfunctional. But you can load a web browser 
called ThunderHawk from a company called BitStream 
(http://www.bitstream.com) which actually works - it also allows you to 
turn the screen sideways, which gives you a more usable aspect ratio. 
Unfortunately, you need a service to pre-process the content via a 
proxy, which is subscription-based ($5/month/browser).

The better solution is a Sharp Zaurus, a little more expensive. The 
embedded version of the Opera web browser works right out of the box.

I still absolutely have to test PalmOS and its browser, but did not yet 
get around to ordering a compatible wireless network card. For Palm, 
only the more expensive Tungsten line accepts wireless, the cheaper 
Zire line of products will not work.

I wish Apple had not discontinued their Newton, I am sure that would 
have worked, too - just ahead of its time :-(

- Gerd.

On Mar 18, 2004, at 12:47 PM, Helen Keefe wrote:

> Hi Paul,
> Gerd has been testing this, so he would be the best person to talk to. 
>  You may need a specific configuration, but it will work.
> Helen
> On Mar 18, 2004, at 12:01 PM, ciskep wrote:
>> Does anyone have experience using loncapa over a pocket pc?  We are 
>> looking into
>> getting some and I'm curious how they will work?
>> Thanks,
>> Paul
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